Jermaine Jenas remains 'very confident' that he can force his way back into the England squad under Fabio Capello.
The Tottenham Hotspur midfielder has won 21 caps for his country, but has not played for the national team since the friendly against Brazil in November 2009.
He has endured an injury-hit season for Spurs and was not selected for England's Euro 2012 qualifier against Wales on Saturday or Tuesday's friendly against Ghana.
However, Jenas is not giving up on his international ambitions and is focusing on ensuring he is fully fit for the closing weeks of the season.
"It is always frustrating not to be involved with England during international weeks but sometimes you can be chosen in the squad, go away for 10 days and not play for a single minute," Jenas told the Evening Standard. "That can be even harder to take than being left out in the first place.
"When you get to this stage of the season, you always have niggles and things that are hurting, so this is a good opportunity for me to work hard on the fitness and get myself in good shape for the last period of the season.
"Of course, it has been very quiet at Tottenham with so many of the lads away playing for their countries.
"So while I'm disappointed not to be involved with England, it's not something I'm worried about. I know how good I am and I'm very confident I'll be back in the fold."